1. In an essay-style response of 100-200 words minimum, describe your past experiences with English. You may consider the following questions to help you get started: How did you approach the subject of English when you were last in school? What was the last thing that you wrote (for example, an email, a text message, a message on a post-it note, etc.)? What are the most common kinds of day-to-day writing that you do? How do you feel about yourself as a writer right now? Is there anything in particular that you would like to learn in this class? (APA format)
2. Relying on your readings for Unit I and your personal experience inside and outside of academics, define academic writing in a 100-200 word essay-style response about academic writing. Consider the following questions as you construct your response: What is academic writing? How does academic writing differ from other forms of writing, such as public and business writing? What are some of the conventions of academic writing? What are some of the genres of academic writing? What is important for students to keep in mind when they begin a piece of academic writing? (APA format)
Review your reading about the writing situation, and write a 100-200 word essay-style response. Consider the following questions as a guide for constructing your response: What part of assessing the writing situation, finding your subject, defining your purpose, or considering your audience most stood out to you, and why? How do you think understanding the writing situation will help you in your writing for this course and beyond? Do you always consider all of these elements before writing? Why, or why not? How will this reading change how you approach assignments, if at all? How would you explain the writing situation and its importance to a fellow student?
4. When reading to critique, what are the four aspects of an essay that you might dispute that are listed in your textbook (Faulty logic, unreasonable ideas, suspect facts, unreliable authorities)? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
5. What are the seven coordinating conjunctions? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
6. What are the three positions of movable modifiers? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
7. When carefully reading an assignment, what are four elements that you should be looking for? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
8. What are three of the five questions listed in your textbook that you might ask of an essay that you read? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
9. According to Strategies for Writing Successful Research Papers, what is a form of synthesis? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
10. What is active voice? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
11. What are three ways to avoid unnecessary wordiness? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
12. What is inverted order in sentences, and what is one reason that you might avoid inverted order in your sentences? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
13. What are seven of the subordinating conjunctions? Your response to this short answer question should be brief, concise, and specific.
14. Correct the APA in-text citation issues in the following sentences. Your answers should consist of the exact sentences copied and pasted into the text box. You should make the appropriate corrections to the in-text citations, including changing incorrect punctuation associated with APA in-text citations, inserting missing information (such as page numbers), or making changes to the in-text citations that are already present. If you add information, such as a page number, then it is permissible to provide any number so long as it demonstrates that you understand proper APA citation. There may be sentences in which the APA parenthetical citations are correct. Remember that you are not to change the order of the components but merely correct the in-text citations.
a. While the exact cure is yet unknown, there are some who would argue that œthere is much that we may gain from our continued efforts. (Smithenson, 2003)
b. Some critics of the group have urged that the group be disbanded on the basis that œit is much too influential in the private sector (John Grant, 2006).
c. Willey objects strongly to œthe unification of private and professional spheres of life (p. 97).
d. One such case study (Myers and Williamson, 2004) reports that the causes may be more ubiquitous than originally thought.
e. Rupert, Collins, Watson, Clarkson, Milliard, Duncan, Foster, Clide, and York (2009) write that we may see dramatic drops in the numbers of cases in the future as people become more educated.
15. Correct the semicolons and colons usage in the following sentences. Your answer should consist of the exact sentences copied and pasted into the text box. You should place the appropriate semicolons or colons in the sentences. There may be questions that are correct as written. Remember that you are not to correct or introduce other punctuation. However, you may find that some commas are not the appropriate punctuation required for the correctness of the sentence. You are not to rewrite the sentences in any way, but merely correct the use of semicolons and colons.
a. After she had spent some time living in the city, Tyra decided to go back to her small town however, her lease prevented her from leaving for six more months.
b. Of all her possessions, she loved this one the best the hand-carved wooden owl.
c. After I got my hair cut, I went shopping for new shoes, a new shirt, and a new pair of glasses.
d. There were some considerable shifts in his thinking therefore, he changed his political parties, much to the disappointment of his running mate.
e. Getting my dog, I knew that I would have to change my habits namely, my going on weekend adventures to other towns.